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Posted May 19, 2017

You Don’t Know a School Until You Know Its Community: Lessons From a Charter School Principal

As administrators, teachers, or any other sort of “expert” in education, we can often come into school communities thinking we know the answers, that we…

By Nikki Grier

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Posted May 18, 2017

Every Time I Walk by That House I Remember What It Means to Be a Survivor

Most mornings when I walk my 5 year old to school there is a street I avoid walking down. But the other day I forced…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: John Gomperts on Removing Barriers to Student Success and Recommitting to Kids

Do you drink coffee or tea and how do you take it? I drink super-strong decaf with a little bit of half and half. You…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 13, 2017

Is Politics the Problem in Education or the Solution?

Politics is at the heart of so much that is wrong with public education. On the left, education politics is often about increasing funding while…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

When Parents Don’t Trust School Vouchers, Community Advocates Can Lead Them to Tax-Credit Scholarships

On Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, sandwiched between a quesadilla restaurant and Helen’s Hair Design, sits a tiny, nondescript storefront. Inside, at Asian Youth Services (AYS), quiet…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

Our Neighborhood School Didn’t Have a Dual-Language Immersion Program So We Started One

As soon as my fiancé and I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008, we started looking at school options. Although children were still a few…

By Jimell Sanders

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Posted Apr. 10, 2017

Power, Policy and Prayer: My Eye-Opening Phone Call With Betsy DeVos

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog expressing my exasperation with my children’s public school education and my attraction to school vouchers. To my…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 5, 2017

Coffee Break: D.C. Principal Arthur Mola on Mucho Cafe, Helping Kids Chase Their Dreams and Channeling Frederick Douglass

In any endeavor, great leadership can make all the difference. In public education, that’s been getting some renewed attention lately. The Washington, D.C. Public Schools…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 24, 2017

How I Got 350 People to See “Hidden Figures” For Free in 4 Days

Like so many Black women, I was excited about the movie “Hidden Figures.” My enthusiasm skyrocketed when I got a letter from Trinity United Church…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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